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Thanksgiving Week!

Garren had the ENTIRE week off of school this week. It has been wonderful having him home and I am already dreading Monday! We started off the week by going to see Catching Fire last Saturday. I had quickly re-read the book the week before and was actually quite impressed with the movie. The cinematography was a lot less shaky than the first and it followed closer to the book. There was one part that seriously annoyed me, but I will just have to let it go! We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner (YUM) and when we came out there was a full fledged white out. First snow of the season! I was very excited but bummed that it hadn’t made it’s way to Manchester. (We were in Londonderry)

Garren had to clean the car off and regretted not wearing a coat!

Garren had to clean the car off and regretted not wearing a coat!

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On our way to the movie!

We used Garren’s time off to get Baby Red’s nursery done. It is almost complete. I wont share pictures of that just yet because there are still a few vital things that need to go up before it’s finished. I am so excited. I go in there all of the time to just stare at her room and imagine what it will be like going in to get her in the mornings.

 

We spent Thanksgiving with friends. We are blessed to have couples our age in our ward and have developed a wonderful friendship with them. We each brought different dishes and the meal went off wonderfully. It was delicious. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures. This week I have done more than I have did the rest of the month and Thanksgiving night I was having tons of Braxton Hicks contractions. It actually scared me enough to make me do absolutely nothing Friday and just rest. I am feeling much better though and baby girl is just as active as ever.

Today we decorated for Christmas! Our apartment is pretty small so we couldn’t use all of our decorations but the tree is up! I love looking at it! We took a picture in front of the tree and I got all pregnant and emotional thinking about how next year our baby girl will be in that picture with us! (I guess technically she is in this one… ;) )

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Cute Window Clings on our Balcony

Cute Window Clings on our Balcony

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Our Tree! :)

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Life Around Here

Contrary to what my posts suggest, we DO in fact have some semblance of a life still. Although the majority of it looks like this:

IMG_20131028_220057Last week Garren had two huge tests. Luckily he found out pretty quickly that he got A’s on both of them, so we got to have a fun worry free weekend. We got a great deal on groupon to go see the Monarchs play. Neither of us had ever been to a hockey game. It was super fast paced and a ton of fun.

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We were both getting over the flu and walked about 2 miles around downtown. It was a cold day and I ended up feeling so exhausted. I am really hoping pregnancy is making it harder to get better from the flu, and that I didn’t actually age 25 years in the last 6 months. We went to Chipotle for dinner and then to TJ Maxx to look at their clearance baby selection. This may be one of our favorite past times. If you think I am bad, you should see Garren’s reactions to all the little dresses. He may just be worse than me. He is already wrapped around little Miss Red’s finger. We didn’t buy anything because we feel like her clothing collection is coming along just fine:

IMG_20131028_141121This is her “Newborn-6 months” clothing stash. We will probably need to think about bigger sizes! The tiny ones are just every one’s favorite size to buy. SO CUTE.

Recently I finished our wedding album! I am so in love with it. It’s very simple and the pictures tell the story. I love that our kids/grandkids/great grandkids will have so much to look at to learn about us. Between our journals, blogs, and scrapbooks we have a very well documented life.

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Tuesday we went to Trunk or Treat at our church! This is the first time I have been able to go and decorate our trunk and pass out candy. Garren tried to convince me to go as a pregnant nun (I am 99% sure he was kidding) but we compromised with my bump being a basketball and letting him wear his Lakers jersey.  basketball

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Last night for Halloween we went to our friends house for a party! We had delicious Halloween themed food and played some Halloween pictionary. It was a lot of fun and a much needed break for Garren from school (and me from our apartment!) I took pictures of the cute food but once we started eating and playing I completely forgot to take pictures of the people! Dumb right? Oh well we had a very fun week!

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Homemade Rootbeer

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Stew in the pumpkin and Boiling Blood (punch)

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Mummy Dogs

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Pumpkin shaped cheese ball

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Our cute hostess!

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On our way home from the party!

This Saturday we are going on a tour of the Labor and Delivery Department at the Elliot Hospital. I am weirdly excited to see the place Baby Red will be born! Only two more weeks until our ultrasound to determine if my placenta previa has corrected itself or not! Fingers Crossed :)

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A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit

Yesterday in church we listened to a beautiful talk on the importance of having a Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit. This is not a new concept for me, as it’s sprinkled throughout the scriptures, however, the speaker’s perspective got my wheels turning.

My heart has been broken many times. I am a “wear your heart on your sleeve” kind of girl and it’s been crushed through my short life so far. Break-ups, the passing of loved ones, and most recently with my parents divorce.  While this heartache does strengthen my desire to grip closer to my Father in Heaven’s love, I have realized this is not the “broken heart” the scriptures are referring too.

3 Nephi 9:20 says, “And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the HOly Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, where baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.”

When I read, “and ye shall offer,” I realized a broken heart is very much an action we preform, not a trial that happens to us. When we think of “house breaking” a family pet, we are literally breaking them of a habit so that they can comfortably reside within our home. Having a broken heart is simply breaking down the barrier of our heart and letting God in. It’s admitting we have human flaws, we make mistakes and we need  His mercy and love.

A contrite spirit is a little more straight forward. It’s having a spirit that is remorseful for the mistakes we make, the people we hurt, and the selfishness that finds it’s way into our lives. When it comes down to it, having a broken heart and contrite spirit is about obtaining a humble and giving way of life. Aligning our desires with the will of God. Christ is literally the epitome of these attributes. He gave his life to us, both while alive and in his death. His will was only that of his Father’s. I will forever be in awe of my Elder Brother for his sacrifice and strength, but most importantly of his life. His spirit of charity is something I pray to emulate, even in the small percentage I may be able to obtain while here on earth.

 

In other news, I am officially a Graduate School Widow. Garren started his first day of Physical Therapy School this morning. I am so lucky to be married to a man who works so hard and is determined to take care of me and our family. I won’t lie, after the past two weeks of being completely spoiled with his presence, I was more than a little sad to see him go. I am so excited for this new adventure and will do my best to enjoy every minute of it. This is a very big year for us! I even woke up at six this morning to make him breakfast, and maybe forced him to hold up this sign. He is a very good sport.

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Seriously can’t get enough of his cute face.

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Better shot of the sign

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2nd Anniversary!

On May 6th we celebrated our 2nd anniversary. We went camping the weekend before to celebrate, but not celebrating the day of would just be madness :)

We kept it pretty low key and just went to dinner at Wingers and had the cutest little bottles of Martinellis sparkling cider ever.

The second year of marriage was much harder than the first. We went through some pretty “Adult” trials and had to make “Adult” decisions. That may seem really weird. I mean we are married and have been “Adults” for a while but we would some times laugh at how we felt like kids trying to make it through the grown-up world. The day we lost our baby made us grow up pretty fast. Life took a new perspective and our goals were re-focused. I always knew I was blessed to have Garren as a husband but through the last year I realized we are an incredibly strong unit. We don’t get to pick the trials we have but we did get to chose each other to face them together. I am so excited to start this new adventure. Garren has been working so hard to get to physical therapy school and it is so comforting to know that he will always do his best to take care of me and our family.

Best Parts of our 2 year of marriage:

A very rainy but perfect camping trip

Going to Montana to see Kyle, Heather, and the Kids

Garren getting in to Franklin Pierce University’s DPT Program

Finding out we were going to be parents

 

So since the 2nd anniversary is the “Cotton” anniversary we tie dyed shirts for each other! Here are pictures of that and the whole anniversary day :)

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This isn’t from our actual anniversary… but it makes me happy that we still hold hands in the car :)

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He got me my favorite flowers for our anniversary! Gorgeous.

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He was a little hungry

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I guess after months of eating recipes from Skinnytaste.com he wanted a little bit of fat…. :P

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Gross picture, cute bottles!

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:)

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Ready to Celebrate :)

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Notice the 2’s

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He did a good job

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I like to think I did too!

Bring on year number 3!

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Week of Bliss :)

This week is going to be amazing! After a lot of hard work by him (and lonely nights sitting on the couch by me) Garren is graduating with his Bachelors of Science. His major was Physical Education and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Science. He graduates Friday, and then we are heading to Quail Lake to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. (I will post about our 2nd year of marriage and the celebration next week) I can hardly believe that we have been married for two years, but then I think about everything that has happened, all the blessing and trials we have gone through, and amazed that that all happened in the space of ONLY two years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband. I know we can get through anything as long as we have each other and the gospel.

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Quail Lake at Sun Rise :) So excited to go this weekend.

So three weeks ago I went to my normal dental cleaning and found out that my wisdom teeth (that I had removed last June) had grown into my two lower bottom teeth and had completely ruined them so I had to have them removed and had “bone putty” into my lower jaw. It was super glamours and I am just now able to eat solid food.

Lately I have been experimenting with different hairstyles because my hair is geting long enough to do fun things! Here are some pictures from my latest fav: The Hair Bow.

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Two years ago tomorrow I went through the temple for the first time. I had been given a lot of “advice” and honestly it scared me a lot. However the temple was, and is the most beautiful part of my life. The calming peace and undeniable truth lets me know exactly WHY I am here and what my purpose is.

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This is from my first time through the temple with some many people I love around me.

We are officially moving in 99 days. 99 days till I lose my husband again to three more years of school ;). I am not actually keeping track but there is a countdown on my phone. It’s all very bitter sweet. I am so excited to move back East and have this adventure with Garren, but I will miss our families and friends.

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Sale Update

Well the yard sale was a complete success! Thursday night I ended up having emergency oral surgery so I am afraid I wasn’t as helpful as I could have been to Garren. I seriously have an amazing husband.

We were able to sell most of the big items and a ton of small items. Looks like we may just be able to afford moving back east ;)

DaNae and Dillon came and hung out with us for a while. We ended up playing catch phrase, getting yelled at by a lady who thinks I am a horrible woman ( and blaming that fact on me being LDS) ( long story) and meeting the cutest older man and listening to his story about being in a coma for 3 months. He was adorable.

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We went and watched The Host last night with them as well. I will admit The Host is the only Stephanie Meyer book I enjoy and the movie was decent. It had a great sound track!

We move into my uncles basement for the summer next Saturday! Moving to New Hampshire feels more and more real as the time goes on.

Garren graduates in a little less than 3 weeks and then we celebrate our 2nd anniversary! We are going camping!

I love my life.